幻想水滸伝 極 大事典, Gensōsuikoden Kiwami Daijiten
Dust sleeve cover
Konami Digital Entertainment (digital)
|Released|| April 19, 2010|
July 10, 2019 (digital)
|Predecessor||Genso Suikoden Encyclopaedia|
The Genso Suikoden Kiwami Encyclopedia (幻想水滸伝 極 大事典, Gensōsuikoden Kiwami Daijiten) is a limited edition book published and sold by Konami in 2010.
It was available exclusively through Konami's Konamistyle online store and as such has no ISBN reference number. Due to this, it quickly became rare and often resold for several times its retail value.
In July 2019, a digital version of the encyclopedia was made available from Konami's Chakushin Uta online store for 5000 points (approximately ¥4400 through Chakushin Uta's point-buy service). This version is viewable on the Chakushin Uta website through the owner's account only.
The Genso Suikoden Kiwami Encyclopedia is divided into three main sections. Before the first section, there is a selection of full-page artwork from both Ishikawa Fumi and Kawano Junko. Following the three sections listed below, there is also an index included.
This is the majority of the book, covering pages 15 through 798. It is a collection of encyclopedic entries, divided by game into eight sub-sections (Suikoden, Suikoden II, Genso Suikogaiden Vol.1 & 2 as a combined sub-section, Suikoden III, Suikoden IV, Suikoden Tactics, Suikoden V, and Suikoden Tierkreis), of characters, locations, runes, monsters, items, etc. throughout the series.
The encyclopedia does not include information on Genso Suikoden Tierkreis Hoshikuzu no Shiro, nor does it include information on Genso Suikoden Tsumugareshi Hyakunen no Toki which came out in 2012, two years after the book's publication.
Game screenshots are included in many entries and character artwork is provided.
Genealogy of the World
The 27 True Runes, races, unique occupations such as window makers or tricksters are discussed in the sub-section "The World of I~V". While Suikoden Tierkreis is similarly elaborated on in "The World of Tierkreis".
"Region & Organization of I~V" briefly gives an overview of the region each of the first five main titles (Suikoden Tactics is combined with Suikoden IV for this) take place in as well as giving relationship charts for each game. Suikoden Tierkreis once again has its own section; "Region & Organization of Tierkreis".
Finally, timelines are listed. "The World Chronology of I~V" is a detailed, but by no means complete, timeline of the world of the majority of the series. "The World Event of Tierkreis", meanwhile, is not a timeline. It merely lists the order that events happened in in the game itself.
The Library begins on page 847 and ends on page 1038, making way of the index section.
It is the section of the book that gives attention to Genso Suikoden Card Stories with the appropriately titled sub-section "Card Stories", giving a brief overview of the Game Boy Advance video game. This is followed by a sample of Card Stories artwork from several different artists who contributed card artwork over the years. Card Stories 2, which focused more on Suikoden III and Suikoden IV characters and events is not mentioned.
After this, each game has a selection of promotional and other artwork displayed in the "Illustration Gallery". Cover artwork, artwork drawn for novelizations, phone card artwork, countdown artwork, and some unique portraits from the games themselves are all displayed here.
Following this is an "Item Information" sub-section. This holds a (again, not exhaustive) gallery of Suikoden series CDs and other merchandise, such as Card Stories packs, pre-order bonuses, calendars, clear files, and so on.
The Library ends with the "108 Stars List", a list of the 108 Stars from the six games catalogued as well as the original Shui Hu Zhuan, and the "Character Weapon List", a list of character weapon upgrades for the six games in the series with the blacksmith upgrade mechanic.